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    La Petite Mort: Female Masturbation, Fantasies & Orgasm (Mixed media product)(English / French / German) By (photographer) Will Santillo, By (author) Dian Hanson, Edited by Dian Hanson

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    DescriptionThis is the ultimate intimacy. If orgasm is the little death, is masturbation the little suicide? The title means 'the little death', a euphemism for orgasm, but the women who exuberantly masturbate for Toronto photographer Will Santillo in this book are as lively a bunch as you'll ever meet. Santillo conceived the project eight years ago to include a thorough cross section of women: young to old, slim to thick, perfect beauties to those not considered beautiful until seen through his lens. The one constant would be that each would decide and direct how she masturbated to climax while he captured the moment. From previous projects with amateur subjects Santillo had come to believe that masturbation is a far more personal act than most sex play because it is conducted almost exclusively in private. He set out to reveal the diversity and creativity with which women approach self-stimulation, and to portray the beauty of ordinary women in the throes of orgasm - a beauty far richer than the male oriented depictions seen in pornography. Santillo says he seeks to uncover the hidden face of his subjects, and indeed, it's the faces that best show the intensity of response in these artfully explicit photos. Dian Hanson interviewed 37 of the women, and their candid insights on overcoming inhibition, giving in to exhibitionism, and achieving orgasm in front of a stranger with a camera provide a framework for the lush, sepia-toned photos. For all who are curious about just what the woman next door - or one's own wife - gets up to in her private moments, "La Petite Mort" is a breath of life.

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    La Petite Mort
    Female Masturbation, Fantasies & Orgasm
    Authors and contributors
    By (photographer) Will Santillo, By (author) Dian Hanson, Edited by Dian Hanson
    Physical properties
    Format: Mixed media product
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 208 mm
    Height: 296 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 1,261 g
    ISBN 13: 9783836524360
    ISBN 10: 3836524368

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: PHO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.4
    BISAC V2.8: PHO011000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15870
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    BIC subject category V2: AJCX
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 04
    B&T General Subject: 625
    Ingram Subject Code: AP
    BISAC V2.8: PHO023030
    DC22: 779.28
    LC classification: TR
    Abridged Dewey: 770
    DC22: 778.6
    Libri: FRAU1090, FOTO2500, P0039727
    BISAC V2.8: PHO023050
    Thema V1.0: AJCX
    Taschen GmbH
    Imprint name
    Taschen GmbH
    Publication date
    11 June 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Will Santillo studied photography at M.I.T. under Minor White and has worked in the fields of fashion, corporate, architectural, and intimate photography. His photos appear in the Mammoth Book of Erotic Photography, TASCHEN's New Erotic Photography, and in the monograph Flagrante Delicto. He lives in Toronto. Dian Hanson was born in Seattle in 1951. For 25 years she produced various men's magazines, including Puritan, Juggs and Leg Show, before becoming TASCHEN's sexy book editor in 2001. Her many books for TASCHEN include Vanessa del Rio: Fifty Years of Slightly Slutty Behavior, Tom of Finland XXL, and The Big Butt Book. She lives in Los Angeles.